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Journey to Innovation: Dr. Safdar N. Khan

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Published on May 22, 2014

Spotlight on Dr. Safdar N. Khan, Ohio State Wexner Medical Center's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

In selecting his present vocation, Dr. Safdar N. Khan was inspired by the past. An orthopaedic surgeon at Ohio State's Comprehensive Spine Center at Carepoint East, Dr. Khan specializes in treating complex adult and pediatric patients with spinal deformities. He offers patients innovative treatment options, including implanting artificial intervertebral discs in the spinal column to reduce severe back pain.

Khan's desire to treat acute back pain stems from his upbringing in Pakistan.

"I saw a lot of spinal deformity in Pakistan," says Khan, who was born in Lahore and received a medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi. "I saw how a relatively preventable disease process could wreak havoc on people."

Khan came to the United States in 1998 to further his knowledge of spinal deformities, joining Ohio State's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2011 as an assistant professor.

"I had to go somewhere where I could learn and achieve more," says Khan, adding that he ultimately wants to take what he's learned back to Pakistan.

Khan's clinical interests include complex adult and pediatric spine surgery, spinal deformity surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery and reconstruction of the spine. His research interests include the biology of spinal fusion and fracture healing, and the application of regenerative molecular medicine to the treatment of spinal disorders.

Khan says being a part of Ohio State's rich cultural diversity is important, as is having a diversely rich medical and research environment.

"We learn from each other's experiences, feed off each other's energy and strive to understand one another's perspectives. It just adds to this forward momentum of better, bigger and stronger."

About Journey to Innovation:

Diversity in people and ideas is a core value and strength of The Ohio State University and its Wexner Medical Center. The video series "Journey to Innovation" shares the stories of 12 foreign-born physicians who made Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center their destination.

PHOTO CREDITS:
Thank you to the following Flickr Creative Commons contributors whose photos were used in this video: Musaffar Bukhari, Jarjan Fisher, lee no, Murtaza, Chang, Mishari and Guilhem Vellut.

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